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Aldous Huxley

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  • Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.

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  • The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

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  • Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

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  • Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

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  • The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.

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  • Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

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  • We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

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  • Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

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  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

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  • Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

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  • It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.

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  • Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.

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  • We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.

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  • Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.

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  • Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

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  • Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.

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  • The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.

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  • Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

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  • You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.

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  • The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.

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  • Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

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  • From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.

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  • Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

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  • There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

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  • There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.

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  • After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

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  • Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.

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  • There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.

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  • Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.

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  • It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

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